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2018 Field Days of the Past
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By District Chief Kevin Jones
September 26, 2018

In the summer of 1992, a few steam and gas engine enthusiasts gathered for an informal discussion on the possibility of hosting a steam and gas engine show in Goochland County, Virginia. They organized as Rockville-Centerville Steam and Gas Historical Association and hosted their first show in October of that year. About 5,000 people attended. The revenue from this show was used to support local organizations.

A few years later, the show was moved from the chilly month of October to September, then expanded it to two days, then three. With the help of dedicated volunteers Field Day became a family event with a down home feel of an old time country fair while providing museum quality exhibits, preserving and maintaining historic buildings and pursuing the desire to remember local history.

The show now takes place the third full weekend in September and draws approximately 40,000 people annually. Field Day operates as a not-for-profit organization and contributes to many local charities, organizations, and non-profits, including the Massey Cancer Center, Boy Scouts of America, American Heart Association, several hospices, the Goochland Christmas Mother, area rescue squads and fire departments, Habitat for Humanity, area churches, Goochland Fellowship and Family Services and many others. These numbers put this event in the class of the State Fair of Virginia.

This past weekend the members of Centerville Fire-Rescue Co. 3 along with all of our Goochland County Department of Fire-Rescue stations made sure all of our visitors to the event were safe. Members of the Goochland County Department of Fire-Rescue staffed over 1100 man hours during this event running from Thursday to Sunday. Those emergency responders were able to staff 4 EMS based first responder ATVs, 4 aid stations staffed with EMTs, 1 fire suppression ATV, and a fire engine throughout the event. The need to have emergency responders on the site is crucial due to the size of the area of the event.

Centerville Fire-Rescue, along with Goochland County Department of Fire-Rescue, would like to thank all of those organizations that helped us with this event by providing personnel, equipment, and/or food to our providers:

Manakin Fire-Rescue Co.1, Crozier Fire-Rescue Co.2, Fife Fire-Rescue Co.4, Courthouse Fire-Rescue Co.5, Hadensville Fire-Rescue Co.6, Chesterfield Fire-EMS, Powhatan Fire-Rescue, Forest View Volunteer Rescue Squad, Richmond Fire Department, Goochland Sheriff's Office, Virginia State Police, The Wise Choice, Panera Bread Company, Goochland Market, Pioneer BBQ, Pickle Barrel Restaurant, Sunbelt Rentals, and the Central Virginia All Hazards Incident Management Team.

Hyperlinks: www.fielddaysofthepast.net
 

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